Overall Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2
When you read a Brittainy C. Cherry tome, you become the recipient of a story layered with angst, the failings of human nature, but most importantly, the abiding truths of love to save and complete its characters. Some readers might run from that assessment, wanting only stories that make us laugh, steam our glasses, or leave us far from strife. Some would argue that literature is meant to entertain and save us from the doldrums of our lives. However, literature is also meant to act as a mirror to the insights of the human spirit. In a Brittany C. Cherry romance, that mirror is oftentimes reflected directly back on its reader, even through its difficult parts, because such is life. Cherry’s newest book, Southern Storms, is no different. It’s a lesson in the resilience of the human spirit to move beyond tragedy and heartbreak to find the depth of a love that cloaks us through our difficulties and our successes. It’s a reminder that second chances are offered everywhere.
From the first chapter of this book, I was hooked. I began it the moment the ARC hit my Kindle, partly because I knew I needed to write this review, and I had only a few days to do so. Mostly though, I was hooked because the story of Havenbarrow’s “black sheep,” Jax, and his former best friend, Kennedy, the spurned former wife compelled me forward. In many ways, Jax and Kennedy are two sides of the same coin: both of these characters have endured immense pain in their past, and it has caused them to put a pause on life. Cherry’s ability to craft this idea in her romance makes it relatable for her reader. We have all lived a life “on hold” whether created through trauma or change. We have all been some version of Jax and Kennedy.
While Cherry hyperbolizes their situations for the sake of fiction, Jax and Kennedy represent “broken times” in our lives, Cherry’s “storms.” How we weather those storms is the second keen attribute of Southern Storms. Cherry weaves the storm metaphor succinctly through her story, reminding us of our own storms. There were a few times when I thought she was a little heavy-handed with the metaphor, but every writer seeks after the emotional connection between her characters and the readers. This metaphor is the tool by which Cherry creates that connection, and it works brilliantly.
Reading Brittainy C. Cherry’s Southern Storms is a glorious journey in redemption. Here’s the thing about books like this one: the happy ending for books such as hers have the biggest pay-offs. Weathering the storms of its characters brings the sunniest of happily-ever-afters. And that is all we want in life: to find our rainbow after the heavy rains. Southern Storm’s story of resilience and second chances offers up the most vibrant rainbow, necessary in our current world that feels very, very dark.
In love and romance,